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Im looking at what I can do Next Sept once little lad is full time school. I have qualifications but not in areas I really want to work in at the moment, so looking at doing a Teacher Assistant cour… Read More
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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
Im looking at what I can do Next Sept once little lad is full time school.
I have qualifications but not in areas I really want to work in at the moment, so looking at doing a Teacher Assistant course in Sept.

What level do you have to be at before you can work in a school? Are TA needed as much as I seem to think? I just dont want to do a course for there to be not much need for them no more.

Thank you, Any advice will be great. I am really wanting a Job within the school just so my holidays fall in line with my children's to avoid childcare costs.
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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
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#1
You don't qualification to be a TA - depends on the school whether TAs are needed as much or not, my school doesn't have enough, but they will be the first cut backs during a hard time


Edited By: bassman_uk on Mar 13, 2011 18:13
#2
my sis in law did it and qualified to take a well paid job in a special needs school once her kids left primary..but the pay was dreadful while working in the school...it was worth it tho for her in the end.
I believe more are needed as ours at school are always getting more hours..
#3
Heya

I'm a TA and When started I had no qualifications whatsoever but I do have a 13 year old with autism. However I do know that now TA jobs are requiring NVQ level 3- I'm just about to finish mines. I had to do it along side work. TA's are always needed- it's the role that changes- I've vary between a 1-2-1 for children with special needs to a general TA to help support the teacher

Good luck

Any more questions just ask

Sian :-)
#4
bassman_uk
You do qualification to be a TA - depends on the school whether TAs are needed as much or not, my school doesn't have enough, but they will be the first cut backs during a hard time


how can they cut them back when a child is statemented hes entitled to the hours?
#5
I know, I am going to do the course, just wondering what level I would need to reach before I can work in the school.
Our DD's school only have 5 main teachers for the classes Nursery upto yr 6, the rest are through TA's I think, But yes you are right, they would be the 1st to go in a fund cut.
#6
Apologies for my lack of stringing together a sentence lol kids are being noisy at the mo
#7
My friend is a teaching assistant, she has a degree in psychology and no qualifications linked to teaching.
You should apply for a CRB check before applying for any jobs as you will need this and it can take up to 4 weeks to come through.
She is in London and gets paid about £12,000.
#8
I take it you want to be a TA in a primary school?

There are 3 levels I believe plus Higher level teaching assistants. The levels are based on knowledge and are used to work out a TA's payscale.

You can be employed after completing a level 1 TA course, they are very much needed in my opinion and are invaluable to teachers. However, as the person above has posted, they very well could be the first people to be cut back on when schools are running low on funds. It doesn't matter how important they are they will invariably go. Nevertheless, there will always be positions available for TA's as a school will always need a few, maybe just not in the numbers that they currently have.

I would suggest maybe volunteering a little of your time before starting the course at your local primary school. You can get a feel for being a TA and decide whether it is something you would like to do on a permanent basis.

Good luck in your hunt for a course.
#9
If funds are cut they would only go if they were a general TA- 1-2-1 TA's are employed for the child that they're there to look after and support- if that child leaves then you in theory have no position.
#10
plumberman01
bassman_uk
You do qualification to be a TA - depends on the school whether TAs are needed as much or not, my school doesn't have enough, but they will be the first cut backs during a hard time


how can they cut them back when a child is statemented hes entitled to the hours?


Because they re constantly shifting the goalposts with regards to statementing - they don't just give you a statement for the hell of it now.
For example, where I work there are few pupils with full blown statements and IEPs, and those with GEPs aren't actually entitled to TA support, but will get some if there is any available.
Obviously, working in Special Schools is different, and the kids there will have Statements (I know as my daughter is at one and has one!), but as for mainstream, it can be hit and miss being a TA.
#11
Thank you all, I used to be a childminder and I have all my qualifications, but as I did them in England they now mean nothing in Wales.
It has made me realise instead of doing the childminding ICP again I would rather work with children my age.
I do alot in my girls school already, Know all the teachers and headmistress. I stay for the breakfast club and join in the PTA, and I have realised I enjoy being around kids of nursery-primary school age, rather than babies to 5 yr olds you mainly get in childminding. Plus childminding gets a pretty lonely job.

I will look at the courses and hope that I can get onto level 2 at least, try and bypass level 1.
#12
I am a Ta , and you have to do a course as well as so many hours voluntantery in a school whilst doing course , i went with' cache ' if that helps
#13
beth3735
Thank you all, I used to be a childminder and I have all my qualifications, but as I did them in England they now mean nothing in Wales.
It has made me realise instead of doing the childminding ICP again I would rather work with children my age.
I do alot in my girls school already, Know all the teachers and headmistress. I stay for the breakfast club and join in the PTA, and I have realised I enjoy being around kids of nursery-primary school age, rather than babies to 5 yr olds you mainly get in childminding. Plus childminding gets a pretty lonely job.

I will look at the courses and hope that I can get onto level 2 at least, try and bypass level 1.


You could always speak to the school? Maybe they would help support you through the course and let you work at the school in the meantime? I am not up on Primary TA process due to working in a secondary environment but I am sure they could do that unless it is completely different?

I joined my secondary school as a learning mentor and was put onto the next LM course when it became available.
#14
I did my Level 1 & 2 TA (within 12 months) with the intention of working in a school when my twins started school but ended up working in a private pre-school and love the age group I work with, I'm in the middle of my Level 3 CCLD as we are required to have half our staff either at or working towards Level 3.

Basically I know if I left where I am now, I know with my Level 3 I would be suitably qualified to work anywhere be in it another pre-school, nursery or school and I'd guess that someone with a Level 3 would be taken over a Level 2 in a lot of cases.

TA's in schools tend to get offered short-term contracts and your future is never certain....I know several who have just received redundancy notices. When I did my Level 1 & 2 I had to have a placement and my kids' school was happy to help me there....they got an extra pair of hands for free that I do know as I did over and above what I needed to do in terms of hours. Might be a case of getting your foot in the door....

Edited By: luvvlychocolate on Mar 13, 2011 18:30
#15
shopstilldrops
I am a Ta , and you have to do a course as well as so many hours voluntantery in a school whilst doing course , i went with' cache ' if that helps

Oh If I remember rightly It was Cache i did the ICP through.

Thank you all, I will have a word with the head teacher see if she can help me next sept. It is a bit of a risk with the lack of certain future, but with kids having 13 weeks off a year, I can't up my hours in my current Job.

Plus if im honest, I never really wanted to see myself in a supermarket job for the rest of my time, even if the wage is probably around the same!
#16
The TA's at the school my children go to some of them volunteered for a while and then was taken on and got their qualifications then. I volunteer in my daughters class (mixed yr1&2) and love it!
#17
I started the "Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools" Level 2 in January for which i have to volunteer in school for 1 full day ( or 2 half days), this is an evening course 1 evening per week for a year and has replaced the NVQ. This should be enough to get a job on a school although it does tend to be a case of not what you know but who you know. You have to be employed in a school to take the level 3.

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